Excellent analysis by dwid. I think Welker would help any team in the league if utilized properly. Of course that doesn't mean every team would do so. Welker was under-utilized as a receiver his first two years in the league. This was due to the caste system. That cost him at least 100 receptions. One way to play would be to make the shortest route the first read and then slower developing routes the second and third reads. It would often be Welker running the shortest routes. You could get rid of any prima donna outside receiver who didn't like it. Welker has 5 seasons of over 110 receptions. No other player has ever done that. He's had two seasons of over 120 receptions. He has 5 seasons of over 1100 yards. He's an elite player. The Patriots will probably slap a franchise tag on him and look for his replacement in the draft. If he becomes a free against he'd be worth at least 12 million a year. If I were a GM I'd offer him a 4 year deal worth 48 million and I'd go even higher. To anyone who thinks that would be too high I'd argue that, however he did it, Welker produced big on the field. In the end that's what counts.